Turtle Mountain tribe receives road construction grant

The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians has been awarded a $15 million grant for a road construction project through the U.S. Department of Transportation, according to Sen. John Hoeven and Congressman Kevin Cramer.

The grant from the Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development Program will go toward reconstructing about nine miles of Jack Rabbit Road from roughly BIA Road 15/BIA Road 8 to BIA Road 10/ND Highway 5 on the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians Reservation. The project is the second of four phases to reconstruct the 14.25-mile Jack Rabbit Road corridor.

In March, the tribe received a $6 million grant from the same program to reconstruct about five miles of Jack Rabbit Road. Built in 1976-77, the Jack Rabbit road runs through the heart of the Turtle Mountain Reservation. Because it wasn’t designed for the heavy traffic and vehicles that now frequent the narrow, two-lane road, poor road conditions have caused numerous rollover accidents.

The BUILD Grant program, formerly known as the TIGER Grant program, supports infrastructure projects of national or regional significance.